Sunday, July 24, 2016

Aloha to San Diego: USS Midway (part 5) - The Flight Deck


Let's explore the flight deck.  Above is a mannequin representing the catapult crew member, perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs in the Navy.


Here's the catapult track.


The USS Midway offers a variety of aircraft on display.


Folding wings saves space!


Looking down at the hanger deck, 

the elevator brings aircraft up to the flight deck.  It is now a cafe.


The USS Midway offers a view of the larger than life Kissing Couple ... 


.... and the San Diego marina.


Gotta love the S-3 Viking,


an Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft,  


with the luck of the Irish!


The crow's next towers over the flight deck ... 


.... with Old Glory flying proudly!


The flight deck crew face a variety of danger ... 


... including being blown off the carrier.  The fence like mechanism offers a safety catch.


The view from the end of the flight deck is illuminating ...


... to watch the Coronado ferries sail by the USS Midway.


 It's up in the air or into the water.


A family poses like the catapult crew.  I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's posts - today is open forum! Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

In sync!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Aloha to San Diego: USS Midway (Part 4) - War Room and Ready Room


The USS Midway was launched in September 1945 and served through September 1992.  She is the only WWII era ship which served in the Persian Gulf War.  Hence, the Midway has that 90s techno look.



The white board in the back lists the ships under her command.



These volunteers are Navy veterans!


Oh, I like that name - Big Dog!



Gotta love the can do attitude!




From the USS Midway, "Each Squadron on an aircraft carrier is assigned a ready room.  This is home away from home for over 40 squadron officers: their office, class room, movie theater, and living room. Bulkheads are covered with bulletin boars, charts, and mementos from home. Television monitors provide weather and flight briefing information along with pilot landing AID TV (PLAT) video.



From this ready room Vigilante Aircrew flew the F-4 Phantom II (Pre-1986) and F/A-18 Hornet, participating in combat operations including Vietnam, Desert Shield and Desert Storm."



I am giving away a book choice to one randomly selected commenter from this week's comments - today is open forum! Comments are open through Saturday, July 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 31.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Next:  Flight Deck


Friday, July 22, 2016

Aloha to San Diego: USS Midway (Part 3) - The Anchor Room

 

The walking tour of the USS Midway included the Fo'c'sle, slang for forecastle, the forward castle or anchor room:

Although aircraft carriers usually moor alongside piers in modern harbors, there are occasions where an ancient method of securing the ship in shallow water can used: anchoring.  

Cast steel anchors can weigh up to 20 tons, yet it is the chain which fixes the ship to the bottom. With each link weighing 130 pounds, enough chain for 6 to 8 times the water's depth is run, or paid out after the anchor strikes the bottom and as the ship backs away.  Therefore it is the total weight of the chain which holds the ship to her anchorage.  

The large mushroom shaped objects near the end of the chain are called windlasses. The sprocket of the windlass is called the wildcat and engages the links as they come up the chain pipe from where the rest of the chain is stored below decks in the chain locker.


The windlass demonstrates Navy Pride.


We could peek out under the flight deck ... 


... to see Naval Base Coronado.


Scouts would enjoy the knot board ...


... and The Chip Log which explains why we measure a ship's speed in knots (link).


Do you know how to tie knots?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blog spots wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, July 23, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 24, at SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Next:  The War Room and the Ready Room


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Aloha to San Diego: USS Midway (part 2) - Crew Quarters


Continuing my tour of the USS Midway, I followed the crowd to the crew quarters ... 


... notice the stroller parking ...



... since the hatches are not conducive for wheels!



Interesting tidbit about the snack bar ...


 ... yes, that's a mannequin.



Notice the prices ....


.... and the movie on the shelf!


Each bunk is assigned a locker.  I admire the sailors who live like this for my freedom.



I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's blog posts. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about the bunk beds - which one would you claim? I'd pick the middle bunk.

2. Comments are open through Saturday, July 23, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 24.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Next:  The Forecastle (Focsle)


Monday, July 18, 2016

Aloha to San Diego: USS Midway (part 1) - Hanger Deck


Last week, I traveled to San Diego for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual Conference. I arrived a few days early to soak up the local sights, including the USS Midway.


From USSMidway.com,

Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard San Diego's top attraction. You'll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. 

Exhibits range from the crew's sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship's jail, officer's country, post office, machine shops, and pilots' ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Especially popular are the museum docents you'll meet throughout the ship. Each is eager to share a personal story, an anecdote, or amazing statistic, adding to your amazement throughout your adventure.



The USS Midway is docked along the Navy Pier in San Diego's Embarcadero waterfront.


The USS Midway is the 41st carrier vehicle - CV 41.


According to Navy tradition, the ship's bell informs the crew of the time ... and when to change crew for watch.


John Paul Jones, father of the US Navy, invites tourists to join the adventure ...

Sign on and sail with me
Our will is to keep
the torch of freedom burning for all.

Heed my call
Come to the seas

Come sail with me.


I walked into the hanger deck that felt like a large warehouse ...a floating warehouse!


The aircraft is lovingly restored by volunteers.


I was curious about the VF-161.  From its website (link),

Fighter Squadron ONE SIX ONE, the Chargers, began their history during WWII flying in combat actions from the USS Lexington and USS Randolf. The Chargers participated in many pacific campaigns including the battles for Tarawa, Wake Island, the Gilbert Islands, Truk, and the famous Marianas "Turkey Shoot".


On 1 February 1971, the squadron was attached to CVW-5 and the USS Midway. In March 1971 the squadron returned to duty for its fifth combat deployment and flew 1168 combat sorties. The Chargers left for its sixth SEA deployment in April of 1972, again on the USS Midway. During combat operations the squadron downed five enemy MiG aircraft, flew 2322 sorties, and was on the line for 205 days. The squadron returned on 3 March 1973 to commence turnaround training.


Have you visited any military museum?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blog posts wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, July 23, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 24.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Next:  Crew Quarters ....